City to launch bike-sharing program

Everyone is invited to the festivities when Huntington initiates its Zagster bike-rental program during a launch party at the City-Township Public Library at noon on Saturday, June 25. On hand will be the mayor, city representatives and officials from Huntington University, the library, and Spokesmen Cycling. 
So, what exactly is Zagster? It’s a nationwide program that provides bike sharing for communities, businesses, universities and other entities. Better still, technology makes it easy to use. The bikes are well-maintained and completely equipped with all the bells and whistles, including insurance. Well, you’ll have to bring your own whistle. 
How does Zagster work? You can download the application to your smartphone or just go to the website, where you can learn everything about Zagster. You create an account and provide a credit or debit card number. You’ll only receive charges when you rent or damage a bike. When you want to rent a bike, you can use the app or go to the website. You’ll receive a PIN that allows you to unlock the bike. “And you don’t need a smartphone; you just need the ability to text,” states Andrew Rensberger, community engagement volunteer coordinator. “It’s for everybody with a debit or credit card. We want this program to be as inclusive as possible.”
Initially, there will be bike stations at Huntington University, the library and Drover Park. The cost is $3 per hour. Or, you can become a member. That’s $15 per month or $75 for an entire year. The plan is designed for additional stations in the future as needed.

 “This program is self-sufficient—no additional employees needed,” Rensberger adds. “We started this program to create another amenity for our citizens—something to get people outside and active. It’s also something to attract tourists to explore Huntington. This will also be something to promote our growing multi-purpose trails and our on-street bicycle route systems. This project is a small part in a larger goal to become a designated bicycle-friendly community through the League of American Bicyclists.”

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